2020 - 2021 Pre -Budget Submission

Jobs Australia has made a submission to Government prior to the Federal Budget to be delivered in May 2020. 

Here is a summary of its recommendations:

Recommendation 1: Increase investment in not for profit employment service providers to ensure that the most disadvantaged job seekers have access to a not for profit provider for the support they need to get and keep a job.

Recommendation 2: Instead of cuts, increase funding for employment assistance to at least half the average OECD level, worth about $500m per year.

Recommendation 3: Services must continue to be delivered face-to-face when needed. Government must ensure that when the New Employment Services are rolled out nationally in 2022, there is adequate funding to ensure that job seekers retain the ability to opt out of digital services and choose to be serviced face to face by an employment services provider whenever needed.

Recommendation 4: Provide $500,000 to improve the referral process, so that new job seekers in NEST can make informed decisions about being in Digital or Enhanced Services, based on their needs.

Recommendation 5: Reinvest the $59.4m saved from digital servicing to ensure that providers of Enhanced Services are funded to provide more intensive and personalised support to long-term unemployed people, compared to current funding levels for comparable job seekers in jobactive.

Recommendation 6: Provide additional $100m funding to support increased referrals and the viability of the Career Transition Assistance program.

Recommendation 7: Provide $10m over 2 years to support the national Disability Employment Strategy.

Recommendation 8: Review the DES funding model to confirm whether funding levels accurately correspond to levels of support needed.

Recommendation 9: Provide an extra $40m to offer intensive employment services to all young people aged 15-25 on income support who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Recommendation 10: Align the participation requirements for remote job seekers with those in non-remote programs.

Recommendation 11: Implement the Fair Work and Strong Communities proposal for a remote development and employment scheme, which creates 12,000 jobs, does not discriminate against Indigenous people, and is Indigenous-led at the national and local level.

Recommendation 12: Resource the process of co-designing and implementing a more effective ParentsNext participant engagement framework in consultation with providers, peak bodies and participant stakeholder groups.

Recommendation 13: Provide $70m to extend the Participation Fund to the Targeted Stream of ParentsNext.

Recommendation 14: Increase Newstart by at least $95 per week.

Recommendation 15: Implement a Job Guarantee for all extremely long-term unemployed people.

To see the submission in full, click here.